Troop 619

Grand Canyon Council - Four Peaks District

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Service Projects this week

Just a reminder we have 2 service projects this week.

1) Tuesday at 9:00  Homeward Bound – needs scouts to put together school supplies should take 2 hours. I have Colton, Maxx and Jack attending anyone else?
Address: 2302 W. Colter St. Phx, 85015

​2) Friday at 4:00-6:30 at St. Vinvent de Paul- scouts need to be ready to clean up dishes, clear table and serve food. We sign up for 15 people. I only have Pestka and Rea family which is 9 people.  I think Maxx too. Anyone else?? ​

​Let me know. Thanks! ​

Kim Pestka, M.Ed.

Pot Luck Sign Up

Here is the link to sign up for the potluck at the end of the month if you didn’t get it. The boys are going to be fishing and doing water activities!

Committee Meeting on 7-17

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that our next Committee Meeting will be on Monday, July 17th @ 7:00 P.M. We will be discussing upcoming service projects, troop events, fundraising for the winter snowboarding trip, recruitment ideas/events we would like to organize and host, and any other ideas, questions or concerns you may have. Zoe will also be sending in Tyler (S.P.L.- Senior Patrol Leader) to share with us what the boys will be doing for the rest of the summer, and to request any support they may need from us.

I think it would be GREAT for our troop to have at least one parent from each family there!

Thank you in advance for your support,

P.S. I will bring a dessert!

Upcoming Program Planning Meeting

We will be having our Program Planning meeting this Sunday, for the next 6 months of program planning. If there was a campout or activity you wanted to do between August and January, please let your patrol leaders know at tonight’s meeting. We will make some time for it during the meeting.

Thank you,
Scoutmaster Zoe

Camp Geronimo!

We finally made it!

Final plans are done, and I just sent the email to the patrol leaders on what your scouts need to bring. If you have any questions, go to your patrol leaders first as they have all the information.

The temperatures will be in the low 90’s / upper 80’s during the day, dipping into the high 40’s at night. Tents are provided by the camp, so don’t worry about bringing one. We will be leaving at 8:30 from the church Saturday 7/1 and returning Saturday 7/8 in the morning, I hope to be back in Phoenix by 1pm. If your son is going, please remember to provide some spending money for the trips and the trading post at camp Geronimo.

I will be unavailable all Thursday, and Friday until the early evening as I need to drive to California to pickup Travis. If you have emergency questions during that time, contact Kevin Joy or Pitt.

Thank you!
Scoutmaster Zoe

Upcoming Service Projects

Hi all! Happy Summer!!
Just a quick note to let you know of a few service projects.

1) July 18th @ 9am-11:00am Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound is a nonprofit based in Arizona that serves the needs of families going through homelessness. They serve over 130 homeless families every year, providing them with not just housing but an in-depth program that helps them get back their own two feet. We will be meeting in the front parking lot at 9am at 2302 W. Colter Street. Phoenix, 85015. Scouts will be sorting school supplies for this organization. I will be attending and can give rides if needed since it’s during the week. I can fit 4 extra scouts. Please R.S.V.P. asap to me so I can let them know how many are attending.

2) July 21st @ 4:00-6:30 The Society of St. Vincent De Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve. We need 15 people, scouts and families are welcome, to volunteer in the Family Dining Room on July 21 at 4:00-6:30. We will be serving food, collecting dishes, clearing and cleaning the dinning room. I have personally done this before and it was very rewarding. Please R.S.V.P. asap to me so I can let them know how many are attending.

3) ***Canceled Event*** Tranquility- we didn’t get back to them in time so we will need to pick another date.

Thank you!
Kim Pestka
Service Cordinator for troop 619 🙂

Reevis Ranch Backpacking – 10/20 – 10/22

We will be backpacking into Reevis Ranch the third weekend in October. This is going to be an amazing experiance backpacking through a natural spring in an overgrown apple orchard during apple season. The hike itself is roughly 7 miles one way, with some decent elevation changes. There is ample water on the trail. Letting everyone know this early so you can start doing conditioning hikes and getting gear ready.

This hike is one of my most favorite hikes *ever* and one of the best memories I have from scouting. This is a huge opportunity, and I encourage *everyone* to attend. This is some of the prettiest parts of the state, and the ability to go apple picking only a few hours from Phoenix is great.

I would highly encourage everyone to do everything they can to attend this event. If you don’t have backpacking gear, let us know sooner rather than later so we can arrange for the troop to pickup some loaner gear.

Thank you,
Scoutmaster Zoe

Elections, Summer camp, and Merit Badges OH MY!

So last night we had our Troop elections, and I would like to congradulate the following individuals:

Tyler Joy for another term as Senior Patrol Leader

Jack Rea for Patrol Leader of the Wolf Pack

Shane Apple for Patrol Leader of the Olympians

Second, we had an OA election and Shane Apple was nominated for the OA. If he recieved the appropriate number of votes he will be tapped out at Geronimo.

Summer Camp:
We leave for Geronimo on Saturday July 1st at the Church at 8:45 AM. We are looking to borrow a trailer I can tow behind my Mazda to haul all the gear. Kevin, Pitt and I will be the drivers. Next week we will send home a small information packet on what to expect as a first year at Geronimo and what kinds of things to pack. Medical Form Part C is due by next week, as well as signups for the Merit Badges / Activities to be done at camp. There will be time at the meeting for planning these activities. I have attached the medical form to this email. Part C needs to be filled out by a doctor and signed. To participate in activities, adults will need this form as well.

Merit Badges:
Next Monday at the meeting we will start 2 merit badges that we will be working on as a troop over summer:
Personal Fitness (please note, part C of the medical form is a pre-requisite for the PF merit badge)

We will also be sponsoring a Citizenship in the X clinic on the 20th of August (a sunday afternoon) at the church where we will be working on all three Citizenship merit badges. Keep this in mind when planning merit badges at Geronimo.

The PF merit badge takes 12 weeks to complete as you log activities and improvement in the physical fitness arena. The fishing merit badge will be done in conjunction with a summer fishing program (in combination with our Crawdad Competition). We will also be doing some conservation service projects with AZ Game and FIsh or the Audobon society around our waterways. In addition, we will have a few local fishing meetups at some of the urban lakes over the summer.

If you don’t already have it, your Son (and daughters, they are welcome to fish with us!) will need a valid AZ Fishing License on their body to fish in the urban lakes. If your family member is attending and under the age of 11, they do not require a license. A Youth licenese is 5 dollars for a calendar year for ages 11-18. There is also a special Eagle reduced rate license available for Eagle Scouts.

Summer is a great time to work as Patrols and do all kinds of activities together. Remember, to do something as a patrol you just need 2 deep adult leadership, one of which has to have YPT. Note, that in a public area with a lot of adult traffic 2 deep leadership is met if your adult chaparone has YPT training and is over 21. This means places like rock gyms, public parks, etc you just need 1 adult with YPT to satisfy the requirements. On things like longer bike rides or hikes where there will be large parts without a lot of public presence you will need 2 adults participating.

This email is getting long, so I’ll wrap it up.

Thanks families of 619!
-Scoutmaster Zoe

Download Medical Form

–Follow up from Kevin–

Please note, Parts A, B and C need to be with us when we check in to Geronimo an July 1. Parents can fill out Parts A and B. Vaccination dates must be filled out on the medical form. Grand Canyon Council says they will no longer accept copies of vaccination records. We will also need a copy of the front and back of medical insurance cards, as stated on the BSA medical form.

Part C can be filled out by you regular doctor or can be do e at the many retail chain minute clinics.

Meet badge sign up forms need to be to me or Pitt no later than our next meeting, June 19. When your scouts are selecting merit badges they want to do please have them only note order of importance to them (1sn, 2nd, 3rd, etc). Have them choose 5 merit badges. Do not worry about time slots. I’ll figure that when I sign them up.


Camping this weekend!! **change of venue**

We will be relocating to Ashurst Lake on the forked pine campground. If that is also full we will be doing dispersed primitive camping around marshal lake. There is a motorcycle club rally at Mormon lake that has filled the area.

Service Project This Weekend @ Excelencia School

It was recommended that you bring sunscreen and a hat as you will be in the sun. I know Zoe said Class A but bring your green shirts in case as it is going to be very hot. We are suppose to be meeting at 8:30 in the Community Learning Center at this school. See you there.

Help our kids enjoy a break from the Phoenix heat! June 3rd from 8:30am-12:30pm  All Boys are welcome!

1) Children and families from the Excelencia school area will be celebrating the end of a wonderfully successful academic school year and you can help.

This fun event promises to be a splash!

As a volunteer, you will be helping:

* Set up and run our Water Olympics

* Operating the Cotton candy machine

* Operating the Snow cone machine

* Serving hotdog lunch

* Clean up

Contact Kim in Google Groups your confirm attendance. 

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